You need to take the Life in the UK test if you are applying for British citizenship or settlement under Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK. Life in the UK test is a computer based multiple-choice test which contains 24 questions, and which aims to test the applicant’s knowledge of life in the United Kingdom. The test covers topics such as British values, principles, traditions, culture, government, law and the events that shaped British history.

How much does the life in the UK test cost?

You need to book your Life in the UK test online at least 3 days in advance, which will cost £50.

Where can I take the test?

There are over 30 test centres in the UK. You can choose where to take your test when you book it.

How to book the life in the UK test

You will need the following information when booking:

  • email address
  • debit or credit card
  • an accepted form of ID (valid passport, travel document with photo, biometric residence permit or biometric residence card)

The link to book your test can be found here.

Who is exempt from the life in the UK test?

You can only be exempt from the test if you:

  • are under 18
  • are 65 or over
  • have passed it before(for example, if you’re applying to become a citizen and already passed it as part of your settlement application)
  • have a long-term physical or mental condition - you must provide either a form or letter from a doctor confirming your physical or mental condition

What if I have a disability?

You can make special requests when you book your test, for example if you have a disability and need extra equipment or help accessing the test centre. Contact the Life in the UK test Helpline if you need any help with the booking:

Telephone: 0800 015 4245

Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm

Do I need to prepare for the test?

You are strongly encouraged to study for the test. You will be tested on information in the official handbook for the Life in the UK test. The handbook is available in different formats: book, eBook, e-Learning subscription or audio.

What happens at the test?

You will have 45 minutes to answer 24 multiple-choice questions based on the Life in the UK handbook.

Can I bring my child, or other family member with me to the centre?

No, you are generally not allowed to bring them to the centre.

What do I need to bring with me to the test?

You will only need your ID (the same ID that you used to book the test). A photo of you will also be taken on the day to confirm your ID.

It is really important that you bring the correct ID (the same ID that you used to book the test), as you will not be able to take the test or get a refund if you bring the wrong form of ID.

What score do I need to get to pass the test?

You must score 75% or more to pass the test.

Will I receive a document proving that I passed the test?

You will receive a ‘unique reference number’. You need this number to complete your citizenship or settlement under ILR application. Read more about this in our British citizenship and Indefinite leave to remain sections on our website.

If you took your test before 17 December 2019, you’ll have a letter with a ‘test reference ID’ instead of a unique reference number. If you lost the letter, you would need to send a note explaining that you have lost the letter with your citizenship or settlement application.

Does the life in the UK test expire?

The Life in the UK test has no expiry date, so you can use the test in the future for other immigration applications which require it (such as application for indefinite leave to remain or British citizenship).

What if I fail the test?

You will need to wait 7 days before taking the test again, but you can take the test as many times as you need to. You would need to go through the same process as before - book and pay each time.

Can I cancel my test if I cannot make it?

Yes, you can cancel the test you booked if you can no longer make it. Normally, you would get a refund if you cancel at least 3 days (72 hours) before you’re due to take the test. Thus, if you cancel or rearrange within 3 days or less, you will not get a refund.

If you’re eligible for a refund, the £50 will be refunded to the card you used to book the test – you would not need to contact UK Visas and Immigration.

To cancel, you would need to:

  1. Sign into your Life in the UK account
  2. Select ‘Confirmed tests’
  3. Select ‘Cancel tests’

After which you can book a test on another date.

What if my test centre cancels the test?

You will be able to ask for a refund. However, you cannot ask for a refund for any other reason, such as if you were ill, late, did not bring the right ID, or refused to have your photo taken.